wmnst outline ch 4 - 1 Is there a third wave of feminism...

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1. Is there a third wave of feminism? Many have sounded the death knell of feminism, and feminism has been declared obsolete, irrelevant and passé. Today, feminism is much less a single, orchestrated social movement and is instead an eclectic mix of women and men organizing around a variety of issues. So while it worked for second wave feminists to fight for equality on all fronts and for all women, third wavers have recognized that that sort of movement is no longer useful in today's society. What, then, is feminism today? It's not surprising that so many young women struggle with the feminist label. And it's not because young women don't appreciate the suffragists of the first wave or the women's libbers of the second wave. It's also not because they are scared of being labeled man-haters, lesbians, witches, or any of the numerous stereotypes our media hurls at feminist women. Oftentimes, young women and men believe that being a “feminist” today requires all of us to be too perfect, too good, too much of an activist, a champion, a constant advocate. As
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